Short & Long-Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation

The main effect of sleep deprivation is excessive daytime sleepiness, which can lead to traffic accidents and workplace injuries. Sleep deprivation also has both short and long-term impacts on your health.

Short-Term Effects:

  • Drowsiness, leading to drowsy driving
  • Forgetfulness
  • Distractibility
  • Decreased performance and alertness
  • Memory and cognitive impairment
  • Stressed relationships
  • Occupational and/or motor vehicle injury

Long-Term Effects:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Psychiatric problems, including depression, anxiety and other mood disorders
  • Poor quality of life